2017 Coexistence-continued dialogue
A second delegation of Jewish and Arab young people, facilitated by Oranim College, and supported by Sparks of Change Foundation, came from Israel to the U.S. on a program promoting coexistence and dialogue.
Sparks of Change/Oranim Project 2017 Summary
Soccer Without Borders
Uses soccer as a vehicle for positive change, providing under-served youth a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth, inclusion and personal success http://www.soccerwithoutborders.org
2015 Face to Face: Israeli Arab Students Meet Jewish American Students
High school Arab Israeli students- and their chaperones visited the US and met with Jewish American students in NY, Baltimore, DC, and Pittsburgh to promote friendships among Jews and Arabs.
“Creating relationships like these is vital for our peaceful future…”
Community Day School, Pittsburgh, PA
“I didn’t know what to expect from the people who hosted me. They treated me like family. I was so happy!”
“The goal at the end is to prove we can live together despite cultural, political and religious differences, that we are able to find things in common and live in peace,”
Hussein (Middle school principal)
Click here to read about the visit to Washington, DC school:
2014 In Pursuit of Understanding
To increase understanding between people, the Sparks of Change Foundation supported a program involving educational activities of an Arab Israeli educator and his wife visiting Jewish Day Schools in Baltimore and the surrounding region. Mamoun and Efaf Assady from Deir al Assad engaged in activities aimed toward dispelling negative stereotypes, introducing students to the world of Israeli Arabs and providing an opportunity for adults and students to interact.
In Israel, Jenna W. prepared the 8th grade students in Deir al Assad to meet visiting Jewish day school students.
Click to read about Jenna’s experience and reflections of the visit.
Click here to see pictures of the 2014 project in Deir al Assad
2012-2014 Middle Grades Partnership
The Sparks of Change Foundation is proud to support Middle Grades Partnership. MGP brokers a two-way partnership between public and independent schools to provide comprehensive summer and after-school learning opportunities for academically promising Baltimore City middle school students. By providing exposure to both a core academic curriculum and enrichment, MGP enables Baltimore City middle school students to enter high school with the tools to success and excel.